To join O.K. for the long weekend in Austria where he'd been staying already since Monday, I travelled to the nearest place with a railway station - Dornbirn, about 35 km from "our" village.
A few weekends ago, during a neighbourhood party we attended in O.K.'s village, we mentioned our holiday plans to the nice folk sharing our table. One of them told us of a great walk through two gorges near Dornbirn, and we heeded her advice last Friday, driving there instead of heading straight "home" to the hotel.
It really was a good recommendation, as we spent a few enjoyable hours there in the woods among trees, rocks and water. See for yourself:
Well-laid board walks lead through the gorge. It is called Rappenloch-Schlucht (literally "black horse hole gorge") and, according to wikipedia, one of the largest gorges in mid-Europe.
For many years, it was the main water supply for the villages at its end, and with the onset of industrialisation, the water was also used to generate power. There is still a small power plant there, as you'll see further down.
This pretty building is the power plant. Through the ground floor windows, one can have a look at the old (still working) machinery.
Kay, this one is for you:
It was a spectacular walk, and not too strenuous because of the well-made board walks and steps everywhere. Just right for me to stretch my legs after having sat on various trains for about 4 hours!
The weather was, as you can see, overcast but dry and not too chilly.
I imagine it will be great for walks there when the trees turn to their autumn colours.